A COLLIE resident has saved a kitten dumped on the side of the road at Minninup Pool.
Wendy Fisher got out of the car shortly before spotting the white kitten running out from the bush land on Anzac Day.
Mrs Fisher noticed the three-week-old feline was showing clear signs of distress, deciding to bring the new companion home to take care of it.
Having tried a variety of options including feeding milk from a bowl and bottled formula, she sought help from the Collie Veterinary Services and local chemists for supplies.
Mrs Fisher took to Facebook, reaching out to followers of the Collie Community Noticeboard page for advice.
Mrs Fisher said the kitten’s treatment was unfathomable and unreasonable.
“I really just can’t believe that anyone would do that, to drop a little kitten like that in the bush,” she said.
“It’s obviously tame, it’s not feral at all, if it was a feral kitten you wouldn’t be able to get close to it.”
Collie Veterinary Services veterinarian Wanlin Lin said stray and mistreated kittens were regularly brought in.
“The main problem is that many of the kittens that are actually abandoned are really, really young, so most of them are less than a month old so they definitely can’t survive let’s say if the rangers or people don’t report it to us,” she said.
“Fortunately, or unfortunately, we do get quite a lot of kittens coming through into this clinic.
“I’m not sure about the numbers but there’s probably, since I’ve been here, a batch of kittens coming in every one or two weeks.
“I guess what usually happens to them, it really does depend – we try to re-home as many as we can but we can only re-home so many in a certain period of time before the next batch of kittens comes in.”
Ms Lin said the facility conducted blood tests and microchip scans to ensure whether the kittens were able to be placed into new homes.
Mrs Fisher has since found an an experienced carer to look after the feline, dubbed ‘Anzac’ by its saviour.